Artisanal Preserves At Aldi Prices
Getting Into The Habit Of Being Thrifty
Tartan Thrifty is all about getting into the habit of spending less without living less well. Some habits need to be carried out every day, some every week. Some only need to be carried out once a month – and, surprise, surprise, they are the hardest ones to keep up. To help with that you can find a wall-planner to help you keep on top of this week’s Thrifty Habits – the dailies, the weeklies and the ones that only come round once a month – here. Use it to plan when exactly you are going to carry out the Weekly and Monthly Habits.
Thrifty Things To Do This Week
It’s the third week of the month – time to Review Your Spending and to Preserve Something. Have you ever made jam, or jelly? Chucked together a chutney? Slung sloes and sugar into gin? Or can you see no reason to bother? Traditionally, preserving was about making a seasonal glut last through leaner times without a fridge or freezer. Today, preserving is still about taking advantage of things when they are freely available – or even available free. What could be more thrifty than that?
In my case, I got into the habit of preserving as an attempt to supply Tartan Towers with frugal treats – artisanal preserves at Aldi prices. Something nice for (almost) nothing. I figured that, if life gives you lemons, you might as well make lemon curd. And, in a year of trying to preserve some cheap fruit and veg each month I learned that, as long as I followed The Thrifty Preserving Rules, I could have jam tomorrow for pennies today.
Want to try it for yourself? This is the perfect time to start thinking about it. Granted, there is not much freely available at the very end of winter/start of spring, but that makes this the perfect time to get all your supplies ready for a year of frugal preserving. That way, when you get cheap strawberries at a pick-your-own farm you can turn them into Strawberry Glam right away.
I have been known in the past to throw fruit out, mouldy and un-preserved, because I never did source enough jam jars. Don’t be like me: be organised instead, and start stock-piling jars now for re-use. A good wash in hot soapy water disinfects them thoroughly enough but it’s best to use fresh lids. These are usually a standard size and easy to buy. Alternatively, use wax disks and cellophane tops fastened with a rubber band. These form an airtight seal which stops your preserves going off and are much cheaper than buying new lids. Once you open them, though, you can’t reseal the jar.